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Imperial Cities Tour

From 790€
Imperial Cities Tour
Imperial Cities Tour

Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech

Welcome at Marrakech Airport Transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Marrakech – Rabat – Volubilis – Mouley Idriss – Meknès

After breakfast, leave for Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco and the official seat of its government. Experience the charm of this coastal town and take in its sights – the mausoleum of King Hassan II, in particular, is not to be missed. Lunch. Depart for Meknès. En route, stop for a guided visit to Volubilis, the most important Roman construction of the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC, and marvel at its well-preserved mosaics, thermal baths and triumphal arches – a rare opportunity to see something of the Roman lifestyle of that era. Then travel to the Holy City of Mouley Idriss. Continue to Meknès. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Meknès – Fez

After breakfast, enjoy exploring the ramparts and medina of Meknès. Its souks are renowned as the home of the most skilled carpenters and merchants of silk fabric and thread. Lunch. Travel to Fez. Dinner and entertainment in a traditional restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Fez

After breakfast, take a guided visit through Fez which, as the oldest of the imperial cities, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also recognised as the religious, intellectual and artistic capital of Morocco. See the Royal Palace and the mellah (Jewish district), which were built in the 13th century BC, and take in the stunning panoramic view over Fez, encompassing the new town and the medina. Visit the studio of a traditional mosaic craftsman. Lunch in a restaurant at the heart of the medina. Walk off your meal by visiting the tanneries, and keeping an eye out for the town’s numerous medersas, or religious schools. In fact, whichever route you follow through the narrow alleyways of Fez, you are guaranteed to stumble across souks specialising in cosmetics or food. You are free to have dinner at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Fez – Azrou – Marrakech

After breakfast, leave for Marrakech on a route that will lead you through the mountains of the Middle Atlas region, which is characterised by colourful peaks and dense cedar forests.On the way, you will pass through the town of Azrou, with its surprisingly European architecture, at an altitude of 1250 metres. Arrival in Marrakech. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Marrakech

After breakfast, take a guided tour of Marrakech and see why it is also known as the Red City. Walk along the ramparts of the city walls before visiting the Royal Palace of Elbadii, the Saadien tombs, and the 15th century Koranic school. Lunch. Visit the Museum of Art, Dar Si-Saidet, in the Bahia Palace. Later that evening, assemble in Jemaa-el-Fna Square, one of the most famous sites in Morocco. Succumb to the magical atmosphere of the Square, which comes alive each night with its hosts of snake charmers, story-tellers, musicians and acrobats. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Marrakech

Spend the day at your leisure. You might take the time to meander through the alleyways of the medina, or to do some shopping among the many stalls of the local merchants in the souk.

Day 8: airport transfer

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.